YPSA with the support of HSBC Future First organized sharing meeting titled “The Situation of the vulnerable and floating children of Chittagong and Comilla City” on 23 November 2013 at a restaurant in Chittagong.
”Floating children have no home but the streets, and no family support. They move from place to place. Children living on the streets are especially vulnerable to victimization, exploitation, and the abuse of their civil and economic rights.”
Children in Bangladesh are vulnerable to under nutrition, social security, maternal health issues and a lack of access to health and education. Besides the government, social development organizations and corporate sectors could play active role to protect rights of floating children. Vocational training for those children could be arranged in order to build their capacity to keep the children away from the life of crime.” Speakers said in the meeting.
Sayada Shamira, Assistant Commissioner and Executive Magistrate, Chittagong District Administration was the chief guest while Professor Dr. AKM Sirajul Islam, Engineer Delowar Mazumder, President of SHONAK, Chittagong, Rishikesh Sil, District Primary Education officer, M. Nasirul Hoq, Daily Suprobhat Banladesh, Nazim Uddin Shaymol, Journalist, Advocate Mili Chowdhury, Ms. Ruhi Akter from BSRM, Advocate Showkat Awal, Executive member of District Lawyers Association, Md. Belal Uddin, Area Manager of Banglalink , Yasmin Akter from BGME, Mr. Moin Uddin Raju from Bank Asia and Mr. Moinul Kabir from Prime Bank were present in the meeting.
Md. Mahabubur Rahman, Director (SD), YPSA moderated the meeting and Mohammed Ali Shahin, Program Manager of YPSA presented the keynote.